EM Alums Perform with Lindsey Stirling

On December 21, eight young Santa Monica music students got the chance to perform with popular violinist Lindsey Stirling at the Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles.

Lindsey Stirling is one of the biggest artist development breakthrough stories in recent years. An acclaimed violinist from Gilbert, Ariz., Lindsey has entered a futurist world of electronic big beats and animation, using her classical violin training to leap through the music industry with almost 10 million YouTube subscribers, over 1.9 billion views on her YouTube channel, 2 Billboard Music Awards, Billboard chart-topping hits and sold out tours worldwide. She’s created a new music world where modern classical meets the infectious energy of dance and electronica. Lindsey recently came in second place in the latest season of Dancing with the Stars.

The Santa Monica teenagers who joined Lindsey on stage are all alumni of Elemental Music, a local non-profit organization founded in 2004 to help support grade school children in their musical education. Now in its 14th season, the organization serves over 300 students in ensemble programs for strings, band, choir, and guitar, in addition to providing year-round private instruction to qualified students.

When asked about the event, Executive and Artistic Director Josephine Moerschel said, “This is a thrilling opportunity for our alumni to take the stage with someone who has really created her own niche in the music world. Many of our students really look up to Lindsey, and are inspired by the fact that she
uses the violin to play so many different styles of music.”

Elemental Music, formerly known as Elemental Strings and Band, is a nonprofit 501c3 organization whose mission is to inspire, train, and nurture young musicians in Santa Monica. Elemental Music is made possible, in part, by grants from the California Arts Council, City of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Arts Commission and the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

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